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Who We Are

The MENTA team understand business from running their own successful enterprises. We offer you coaching, advice, training, space and deliver events to help business as well as business ideas flourish.

The MENTA name has been at the heart of our communities for nearly forty years. At MENTA we work across the UK. We have serviced office and business spaces in Haverhill, Brandon, Bury St Edmunds and Norwich. The team are here to help you and are ready to chat or meet to explore your business needs.

The MENTA management team are supported by non-executive board members, selected for their proven business record.    

Alex Till

Chief Executive
As MENTA’s CEO, Alex has a passion for business. He is inspired by meeting entrepreneurial and creative people, and is driven to build on Suffolk and Norfolk's success and national recognition as a thriving area to live and work. Alex is also chair of the National Enterprise Network which works alongside government and businesses to develop and support enterprise.    

Sarah Faers

Head of Finance
Sarah thrives on the day-to-day management of MENTA’s financial operations, ensuring the team are best prepared to perform their duties across all operations of the business.

Nick Pandolfi

Media and Marketing  
Nick works with micro businesses, developing media strategy, content creation and awareness campaigns. Twice named BBC content producer of the year, he also brings a strong commercial background to our business team. You will find Nick delivering MENTA training and hosting our various events across Norfolk and Suffolk. Nick is also our marketing manager.  

Suzanne Banks

Community Manger @Inc.
Heading up our community connectivity activities and business support for co-workers, Suzanne joins us from running her own businesses and brings creativity and customer focused delivery. She supports freelancers as well as producing events that are designed to reach differing communities.

John Neild

Chief Operating Officer
A former Head of Learning Curriculum for RBS, John now leads our enterprise and business start-up team. He is a key contact in business relationships across Norfolk and Suffolk, and is energised by supporting the region’s entrepreneurial community. As part of the management team, John helps scope the future product range and services that MENTA will offer the wider SME community.  

Paul Vella

Head of Property
Paul oversees our our properties, ensuring day-to-day running and helping new clients with their business requirements. Based at our Haverhill business hub, Paul advises business owners on property related issues, his experience includes his own business and property portfolio. Paul plays a vital role in further developing the wider Haverhill business community, providing advice that is practical and forward thinking. Paul is also  host of our networking events in Haverhill.

John Clarke

Business Trainer
John is a professional, highly-experienced trainer, with 25 years’ experience in commercial banking. His relaxed presentation style proves popular with delegates who regularly comment on his wide-ranging knowledge.

Peter Wood

Business Trainer
With more than thirty years experience in Financial Services, including giving Mortgage Advice, leadership and talent development and supporting businesses with card and on-line payments, Pete has a passion for helping people to achieve their goals through training and coaching to help them start, run and grow their businesses successfully.

Maggie Kinnear-King

Business Programme Co-ordinator
Maggie provides administrative support for various MENTA projects and business activities. She particularly enjoys assisting colleagues with research, as well as helping clients as they start and develop their businesses.

Sue Hall

Business Adviser

Sue brings a wealth of business experience, working with clients to help their business ambitions become a reality. Working on the Work Well Suffolk project, she helps clients back into work. Clients facing any barrier to return to work can benefit from 1-2-1 coaching with Sue. The scheme is designed around the preparation and business planning required to allow the client to realize their personal goals.

Tim Cooke

Learning Development Manager – Programmes

Tim brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in business management, leadership, sales and service gained from many leadership roles across a variety of business areas in the last 37 years plus. Tim is developing and delivering current and topical learning programmes to help you lead and run your business more effectively and make the difference to you, your business, your employees and your customers.

Yvonne Martin

Bury St Edmunds Vision Centre Reception
Yvonne brings more than twenty years of front line customer service experience to our team at the vison centre on Eastern Way in Bury St Edmunds, You will find her at the front desk, coordinating day-to-day operations, greeting clients and their guests, our Bury St Edmunds business centre,

Rachael Lawrance

Programme Co-ordinator
Rachael delivers support to client and team members, her role is about the finer detail, providing high-level administrative and project support to her colleagues across our service areas as well as overseeing MENTA’s supplier contracts.

Mary Spurling

Bury St Edmunds Vision Centre Reception
Mary is will greet you when visiting our Bury St Edmunds HQ, she fulfils an integral role in the day-to-day running of MENTA Vision centre on Eastern Way in the town and is responsible for ensuring all visitors and business owners operating from the centre are receiving the finest customer service and assistance.

Emma Harrison

ERDF Project Administrator
With an administrative, co-ordination and project support background, Emma provides assistance for the ERDF Project and other activities within the organisation to support MENTA colleagues and clients.

Michelle Pratt

Business Adviser

Michelle is a CIPD qualified trainer, coach and mentor (and occasional podcaster). She brings a wealth of experience in helping businesses both big and small and first-hand experience of running businesses herself. Michelle has a passion for helping people find their unique strengths and helping them use these to create their standout business proposition.

Andy Byrne

Business Adviser
A trusted and experienced Business Adviser, Andy has helped a large number of Start-Up and SME businesses to gain funding, training and support to help them grow and thrive. He is now utilizing this knowledge to help refugees to realise their business ambitions on the WW4RI programme with MENTA.

Emma O'Connor

Programme Manager

Emma’s a vastly experienced Programme Manager with over 32 years in Learning & Development and the Financial Services Sector. She draws on extensive leadership, stakeholder management skills and Agile working techniques to help develop and deliver great learning solutions that will help our clients start, develop and grow their businesses. She has won several awards for her work including a national award from the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) for the design and delivery of a Business Growth Enabler programme. 

Stuart Bushnell-Wye

Business Trainer

Stuart has worked for over 30 years in the UK Banking industry. His experience ranges from branch based banking to relationship management & from human resources to learning & development. Stuart is most passionate about creating learning experiences that enable people to achieve their personal & work life goals.

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